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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Science, Technology, and Religion Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group supports scholarship that explores the relationship of religion, theology, technology, and the natural sciences. We support research that attempts to bridge the gap between religious and scientific approaches to reality and encourage the development of constructive proposals that encourage engagement and dialogue with the sciences, along with a critical assessment of the meaning and impact of technologies for the human condition and the natural world.

Call for Papers: 

The Religion, Science, and Technology Group seeks paper and panel proposals on the following themes:
Postcolonial Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, and Religion; Science, Religion and Pluralism (with particular interests towards “traditional ecological knowledge”); Science, Technology, Religion and Hermeneutics; Globalization, Technology and Inequality; and Science, Religion and “Wicked” Problems.

In addition, we are looking for papers for a quad-sponsored session on the theme of “Religion, Emotion, and Belief” with the Religion, Affect, and Emotion Group; the Cognitive Science of Religion Group; the Religious Experience in Antiquity Group (SBL). How can recent approaches from the natural and social sciences help scholars of religion to better understand the religious experience of belief? Is belief a natural product of affective and cognitive processes? What role does emotion play in belief? Does the role of emotion and belief function differently in “science” and “religion”? How do religions use emotion in the cultivation of the believing religious-subject? Is there room for a model of self and subjectivity that goes beyond self-cultivation, in which a subject is being acted upon (ethics of passion)? How does work on emotions complicate or challenge the links between belief and religiosity? What are the distinct benefits and limitations to conceptualizing religious belief in these ways?

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee